I have a 3-D-cell LED no-name flaslight and the LEDs are going out and
otherwise screwed up. I can't figure out how to remove the LED assembly to
replace LEDs as required. In light of this can someone suggest a nice
bright flashlight of another type or at least more easily repaired? Do they
still make those 9-volt battery flashlights? I've not seen one for a long
Recommendations of something I can easily find locally?
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
Look around on the internet. There are scads of cheap to very
reasonably priced LED flashlights. With your 3-D it almost sounds as if
it's a retrofit unit (LED module popped into an incandescent bulb unit).
Lose it! Have several high quality Streamlight units and neither of
them will hold a candle to a relatively cheap LED light with a
rechargeable battery that is 1/4 the size. 1/4 the size and probably
five times the light output.
Seeing as how this usenet group is worldwide (if "they" so choose) what
would you consider local? Planet Earth? ;)
I'd ditch it and get a single bulb led. I've got a 3 D cell single bulb
from HD rated at 200 lumens. I think Walmart carries a lot of good stuff.
The bulb itself should last practically forever but other electronics
can go bad. Google up the innards of a led or cfl and they look more
complex than my first Radioshack computer.
I had to toss one when the switch broke.
I have purchased three of these flashlights, two for myself, and one for
a gift. They are amazing!!!! Not local, but worth the wait.
If yo want local, Koopman's has a few nice lights.
LED seems to be the way to go as you can get bright and long battery
life. Check Amazon. I got a few small, single AA lights that are
amazingly bright but they have a bunch of others. The ones I got are
300 lumen for $3. Cree brand.
They also have a 2,000 lumen
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Flashlights, like so many things, cover a wide range
of needs and features. Please answer a few questions,
and we can do a better job of suggestions.
How much money to spend?
Does the flashlight live in your car, tool box,
in the house, pocket carry, or glovebox?
Do you need close vision like repairing under the
sink, or distance like racoons in trees?
Will this be a self defense tool?
How often to use this light? Daily? Only in
rare power cuts?
I have a Maglite that also went. First it was
tricky to turn on. Then it just died, and the
bulb is not replaceable! They're also very
expensive. I'm not wild about LED flashlights.
They're only really bright when you stare into
them. And the claim that the bulbs last
forever is simply not true. So now I just buy
the cheapest I can find. I got a mini one recently
at a paint store for $3 to replace the Maglite.
(The prices on those are absurdly high.) The
$3 light works fine and fits in a pocket. If it
breaks at some point it won't be a big loss.
For a bright light used for things like camping
I like the big flashlights with the boxy 6 volt
batteries. I can't find the incandescent ones
anymore, but I have some old ones that I keep.
Home Depot sells them for $4-$5, witrh the whole
thing being about the same price as just the
| Buying the cheapest piece of crap you can find is always the recipe for
:) Indeed. They're all basically just batteries,
a bulb and some kind of metal connection. And
the light doesn't seem to know it's not well
dressed. So there's not much sense paying more
for a name.
Actually, though, after writing the earlier post
I found my Maglite actually seems to have a
halogen bulb. Maybe with some luck I can find
Not any more. High output LEDs require fairly sophisticated electronics.
That's one place to screw up. I have some 3 AAA flashlights that were 3
for $20 at CostCo. The switch in the tail glows red to indicate a low
battery. Unfortunately, that little option also drains the batteries in
short order. The next generation skipped that option.
Another thing to avoid are flashlights that have a lot of little dome
shaped LEDs. They may look cool but they're 15 year old technology.
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